Selected Quotes about Forgiveness

To err is human; to forgive, infrequent. -- Franklin P. Adams

Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself. -- Ausonius

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. -- Sir Francis Bacon

Repentance is another name for aspiration. -- Henry Ward Beecher

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. -- Josh Billings

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives. -- Lawana Blackwell

The hatred you're carrying is a live coal in your heart - far more damaging to yourself than to them. -- Lawana Blackwell

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. -- William Blake

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. -- William Blake

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. -- William Blake

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. -- Paul Boese

Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance and love have no end, and the Lord of life holds all who die and all who mourn. -- George W. Bush

To have the power to forgive, Is empire and prerogative, And 'tis in crowns a nobler gem, To grant a pardon than condemn. -- Samuel Butler

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. -- Cherie Carter-Scott

Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. -- Lord Chesterfield

In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I'm keeping a chart. -- Hillary Rodham Clinton

Life is an adventure in forgiveness. -- Norman Cousins

Reason to rule but mercy to forgive: The first is the law, the last prerogative. -- John Dryden

He who has injured thee was stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself. -- Seneca (Seneca the Elder)

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again. -- Dag Hammarskjold

It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility. -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass. -- George Herbert

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. -- Eric Hoffer

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods. -- Elbert Hubbard

If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others? -- Dolores Huerta

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. -- John F. Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her ... but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account. -- W. Somerset Maugham

Alexander Campbell, Editor -- S. M. M'Corkle

If there is something to pardon in everything, there is also something to condemn. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

To err is human; to forgive, divine. -- Alexander Pope

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission. -- Stuart's Law of Retroaction

Pray you now, forget and forgive. -- William Shakespeare

'Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive. -- John Sheffield

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance. -- Adlai Stevenson

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget. -- Thomas Szasz

When one burns one's bridges, what a very nice fire it makes. -- Dylan Thomas

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. -- Voltaire

It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. -- Jessamyn West

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. -- Oscar Wilde

What power has love but forgiveness? In other words by its intervention what has been done can be undone. What good is it otherwise? -- William Carlos Williams

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